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Occupation Title: Foresters

Description: Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 19-1032

Sample Job Titles: Forester, Area Forester, Fire Prevention Forester, Chief Unit Forester, Environmental Protection Forester, Regional Forester, Resource Forester, Service Forester, Urban Forester

Salary Chart Foresters

Estimated Total Employment*
2010: 9,470
2011: 9,000
2012: 9,470
2013: 9,220
2014: 9,140

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2012-2022): 4,200
Projected Growth (2012-2022): 3-7%

(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.